Owing to its diverse cultures, Poland showcases an eclectic and diverse cuisine that shares many similarities with cuisines from other Slavic countries, especially Czech, Slovak and Ruthenian. Poland also has culinary influences from Central European cuisines, including German, Austrian and Hungarian dishes. The broad influences come together to make a diverse cuisine rich in flavours and textures, and well worth sampling during your stay in the country. Amongst the dishes and foodstuffs that originate from Poland and have garnered international popularity, you’ll find items such as bagels, Napolenka cream pie and Hunter’s Stew. Polish cuisine relies heavily of soups and stews, with large selections of cured meats and smoked cheeses. In terms of beverages, there’s also a lot to choose from. Of course, when people think of Poland one of the first drinks that comes to mind is famous Polish vodka - a popular beverage since the 8th century. Poland also produces many beers, including Tyskie and Zywiec which are also popular internationally.